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Having recently retired from her position as a clinical psychologist at Wake Forest Medical School, Durham transplant Jane Williams published “Mysterious Moments: Thoughts That Transform Grief,” a collection of 10 narratives based on real experiences of loss. Montessori Community School (MCS) welcomed Halifax Community College Professor Betsy-Tom “B.T.” Brown and eight of her early childhood education students to its campus to learn more about MCS’ program.


Stacy Shelp joined the United Way of the Greater Triangle team as vice president of marketing and communications in May. Stacy had previously served on United Way’s Community Engagement Committee and partnered with the organization in her former role as communications manager and public information officer at the Orange County Health Department.

Michele Lynn has stepped away from Book Harvest’s Board of Directors and turned the role of board chair over to Trudy Smith, the executive director of the Executive Service Corps of the Triangle. Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye is the new chancellor of North Carolina Central University, succeeding Dr. PHOTO BY CHIOKE BROWN Debra SaundersWhite who passed away in November. He previously served as provost, acting chancellor and interim chancellor for the university.

There have been a few changes at musical education nonprofit Kidznotes: Rob Gofourth – vice president of operational strategy and performance at BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina – has replaced Noel James as board chair, and Nick Malinowski has replaced co-founder Katie Wyatt as executive director.


Jordan High School’s production of “Legally Blonde” and Durham Academy’s “She Loves Me” were recognized for




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Josephine Barboriak, a seventh-grade student from Immaculata Catholic School, was recently honored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), for her SAT score.


Michelle Gonzales-Green has joined Liberty Arts, a nonprofit foundry and sculpture studio, as executive director.

Johannah Ruddy is the new director of development for Durham Nativity School, having most recently served as the vice president of development and strategy for Albuquerque Rescue Mission in New Mexico.


outstanding set design at the Triangle Rising Stars Awards competition at Durham Performing Arts Center. Hillside High’s lighting design and choreography for “The Wiz” were also recognized, as well as Cresset Christian Academy’s costume design for “The Sound of Music” and Jordan High’s student orchestra for “Legally Blonde.”


Oracle + Bronto used their marketing platform’s commerce data to create “The Sounds of Commerce,” an interactive sight and sound display they showcased at American Tobacco Campus during the technology and electronic music festival Moogfest. Durhamites Ryan Cocca, Victor Galloway, II, Dawn Bland, Scott Harmon and Casey Steinbacher collaborated on a temporary wall installation that promoted acceptance, inclusiveness and a platform to start a conversation about social issues, which was on display for four weeks at Five Points Plaza.

Durham Magazine August 2017  
Durham Magazine August 2017